Growing up I was not an outside kid. I was always more cerebral and loved reading books. Being obese since the 2nd grade also added to my dislike of the outdoors.
When I was a pre-teen and MTV came out, that sealed the deal. I was indoors, all summer long, with a bowl of Cheetos on my lap and the remote in hand, pillow behind my back. My mom tried to get me to go outside…pleaded with me even. But I wasn’t budging. And my Mom, God bless her and I love her, she is also not an outdoors person and had gained weight after having her kids. So I kind of learned by example…and thus that is why it is one of my main goals to be a healthy mom and to instill exercise in my kids at an early age.
But, I digress.
What I want to show you is what I am going to do THIS summer.
Summer music festivals. I used to hide from them and let my husband go alone. Not this year! I already have my Pitchfork ticket and plan on bringing the girls, too!
Training for 10 and 15k.
Running my first 10K along Montrose Harbor
Playing on the beach in Michigan with my daughters and my new bathing suit on.
Getting silly at the cottage.
Going on long walks and runs and noticing the beauty that surrounds me. I went for a walk last night to the library and never, ever, noticed before the beautiful trees in front of the building.
Hiking at Starved Rock.
Flying a kite.
Going to the Taste of Westmont and riding the rides with my girls.
Smelling fresh cut grass. Running through that grass with bare feet.
Campfires and marshmallows and that smell of smoke in your clothes.
The birth of my twin nieces and having the energy to help my sister with them...and to hold them.
Trying my hand at gardening for the first time.
Running lakeside in Michigan with the sun shining down.
Relaxing in the back yard.
Planning mini vacations in my own city, where I can get lots of walking in and spend time with the family.
Playing with my nephews.
Working out in Millennium Park for free – yoga, zumba, FUN!
Eating sushi outside.
Going to the Splash Park and then swimming in our backyard baby pool with Lucy and Marlo.
Going to the Zoo.
Sailing aboard the Tall Ship Windy again from Navy Pier, a yearly family destination.
Watching the sun go down.
Seeing a Cubs game on a roof top.
Renting a bike and riding on the lakefront.
Reading and writing outside.
Walking to the coffee shop next door at lunch and getting a workout in.
The birth of another baby girl niece will finish off my summer!